By Whitney S. Stoddard
This is often an English-language learn at the structure and artwork of medieval France of the Romanesque and Gothic classes, nearly a thousand - 1500. as well as essays on person monuments there are normal discussions of given classes and particular difficulties akin to: why did Gothic come into being? Whitney Stoddard explores the interrelationship among all different types of medieval ecclesiastical paintings and characterization of the Gothic cathedral, which he believes to have a nearly metaphysical foundation.
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T h e simplicity of dieir way of life and the denial of any artistic frills are reflected in the chasteness of architectural forms, sparseness of ornament, and absence of figured sculpture in their abbey. T h e plan of a typical monastery like Fontenav is a functional arrangement of spaces designed to serve the everyday life of the monks (fig. 8). T h e monastic day began its sequence of nine services in the choir at dawn and ended with nocturns sung or chanted after midnight. With this demanding schedule, the problem of circulation from dormi- tory to choir, to refectory, to monks' hall, to warm room, and to gardens had to be considered carefully.
T h e plan of a typical monastery like Fontenav is a functional arrangement of spaces designed to serve the everyday life of the monks (fig. 8). T h e monastic day began its sequence of nine services in the choir at dawn and ended with nocturns sung or chanted after midnight. With this demanding schedule, the problem of circulation from dormi- tory to choir, to refectory, to monks' hall, to warm room, and to gardens had to be considered carefully. T h e cloister, with its four galleries, became the major link unifying the monastic complex.
T o point up the qualities which establish the greatness of Romanesque, several outstanding monastic churches will be discussed: Sainte-Foy at Conques, on the pilgrimage route to Spain; Saint-Sernin at Toulouse, in southwestern France; the third church at Cluny; the Cluniac priory of Paray-le-Monial; and Vezelay, in northern Burgundy. Conques is dedicated to Saint Foy, a girl twelve years old who was martyred at Agen in southwestern France in 303. Because of the presence of her remains in a monastery in Agen, miraculous cures transpired.